Counselling charity Contact and the Irish Association of Suicidology will join together for the first time to host an important two day cross-border conference on the latest international suicide prevention research and practice. The conference has secured leading national and international suicide researchers and theorists. This significant event is aimed at cross-sector policy makers, political leaders, activists and clinicians in health care and the emergency services; journalists, those working in justice and policing, education, community development, faith communities and people bereaved and affected by suicide.

Two day conference price £100/€115 including Conference Dinner 9th October.

Booking Open

Online booking is now open on the Irish Association of Suicidology Website - www.ias.ie

Conference Programme details are also available on this site.

Sterling cheques can be sent, if required, to IAS in Dublin - details are on their site.


Keynote Speaker: Thomas Joiner PhD

Professor Thomas Joiner is one of the world's leading suicide researchers and theorists. He developed the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behaviour and is currently the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the laboratory for the Study of the Psychology and Neurobiology of Mood Disorders, Suicide and Related Conditions at Florida State University. He has written a range of books and publications in relation to suicide, notably "Why People Die by Suicide", (2009) and "Myths About Suicide" (2011).


Professor Rory O'Connor

Is the President Elect, International Academy of Suicide Research. Professor O'Connor has an international reputation for conducting high quality, theoretically- grounded and innovative research into suicide and suicidal behaviour. He recently proposed the integrated motivational-volitional model of suicidal behaviour and is an editor of "The International Handbook of Suicide Prevention" (2011). Professor O’Connor leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow.


Dr Justin Brophy

Is the Chair of Irish Association of Suicidology and Executive Clinical Director, Health Service Executive South Dublin and Wicklow will present "Clinical reflections on affect and suicidal behaviour." Dr Brophy is Past President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and also a Fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and serves on the Implementation Steering Group for the Report of the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance. He has published and lectured on aspects of suicide epidemiology in Ireland.

Other highlights

  • Trends and characteristics of suicide 2004-2011: an analysis of the Northern Ireland Suicide Database. Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Well-Being, University of Ulster.

  • Launch of revised Media Guidelines on reporting suicide in the media
    (Samaritans and Irish Association of Suicidology).

  • Research Excellence Award for early career researchers.

  • Conference Networking Dinner on 9th October, St Columb's Hall.


Special accommodation rates are available at the City Hotel,
(£75 B+B Single / £90 Twin or Double per night).
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Contact is Northern Ireland’s largest independent counselling charity established in 1977. Contact provides the Northern Ireland crisis free-phone helpline and referral service - Lifeline 0808 808 8000.

The Irish Association of Suicidology works with community, voluntary and statutory bodies to inform, educate and promote positive suicide prevention policies throughout the island of Ireland.